Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:From obscurity to new relevancy: A more accessible approach to Samuel Barber's Vanessa
Author(s):McAndrew, Michael N.
Advisor(s):Tharp, Reynold
Contributor(s):Gunn, Julie; Carrillo, Carlos; Redman, Yvonne Gonzales
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Samuel Barber
American opera
Metropolitan Opera
Gian Carlo Menotti
chamber orchestra
Abstract:To describe this study, I borrow from an eloquently titled article by Rupert Christensen, “Samuel Barber’s opera Vanessa: from Pulitzer to obscurity…and beyond,” written as a marketing piece for Glyndebourne’s 2018 production. This project addresses each of those key words, and places particular focus on the “beyond.” This thesis accompanies a chamber version of Vanessa prepared by the author with the permission of G. Schirmer, Inc. that reduces the orchestration to 14 musicians. I outline the steps of creating this new orchestral reduction in detail, providing an initial insight into a seldom-documented process. Additionally, I discuss how this smaller chamber ensemble contributes to several aspects of practicality, accessibility and creativity in future productions. This project hopefully increases the viability and performability of the opera, bringing Vanessa from obscurity to new relevancy.
Issue Date:2021
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Michael McAndrew
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-04-14

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